L. Chan’s story “Heartwood” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 May 2017.
There were two important pieces to this story. The first is a line that appears nearer to the end: the woman has a bear trap heart. I did mean it figuratively when I thought it up but it became quite literal in the story.
The second is that I’ve written a fair bit (in the science fiction side of the house) about body transference, memory and karma and the interplay of all three. This is really a science fiction story about version control, Arcturus restores earlier and earlier backups of his lover, we travel back in time with them while the story progresses.
Just before I wrote Heartwood, I’d received a rejection for another science fiction story. The feedback was that the story was well written and engaging, but the editor couldn’t believe in the science of the body transference. So I thought, screw it, let’s make the whole thing magic instead. So it became the darker sort of fairy tale towards the end, with a bit of role reversal thrown in.
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